Date: August 22nd, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Razer
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
Moving 30 inches down the braided cable from the headset you come to a small control module with a shirt clip which allows you to adjust the volume or turn the microphone on or off.
Moving even further down the 10 foot long headphone cable, about two feet from the end the cable splits into a USB, microphone and headphone jack. This allows for particular situations where the headphone and microphone port are not beside each other and the other connection might have to be connected to the rear of the computer. This about of slack allows for this type of scenario.
At the end of the cable, you have three connections. One for the microphone, one for the speaker audio and a USB connection to supply power for the LED illumination housed in the control module and the out portion of the headset speakers. One thing I would like to note is that the connectors for the mic and the headphones are way too small for a premium priced gaming headset. They're literally half of the size of my other gaming headsets and have 1/4 of the flexible area where the connector meets the cable. This isn't something that I would expect from a US$60-$80 set of headphones and is a little disappointing.
PRODUCT USE & TESTING
To test out the headset, I inserted into my daily nightly regime of 2-5 hours of use while I game, work and accomplish my daily duties on Tweaknews while listening to whatever type of music I like at that given moment. As you see, thorough testing is an understatement and I can not and will not judge a headset on one game or just by listening to a couple songs before I write a review.
So how did it perform? Are these worth the rather expensive price or are you paying for name rather than a physical product?
To start off on a positive note, the bass response is excellent for such a small speaker headset but that is where the sound response falls flat on its face. To say the least the sound response from this headset could be summed up as hollow, boomy and lacking of any crispness to higher frequencies. This isn't nitpicking, this was obvious within 10 seconds of firing up the headphones for testing. I still used them for about a week to make sure this was not just a hairpin trigger judgment, but a flaw is a flaw and this headset in most cases sounds worse than headsets I have used that are a quarter of the Piranha's price. Now I understand that this set is not supposed to be competition for a US$200+ set of exotic studio headphones and is targeted towards gaming, but I would at least would like some sort of range in frequency response for other applications. I know most buyers would be using these for more than just gaming, and that is where this headset will fail when you start up your first audio track especially when you have another headset to test it against. Going back to my SteelSound 5Hv2 headset (Review: HERE) literally made the difference night and day. On the other hand, the volume capability of the drivers was very impressive with very loud levels reached with little to no distortion encountered.
Turning our attention to the microphone, no problems were encountered and recording sound quality was about as good as it gets with no issues.